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Sunday, January 24, 2010


By all accounts, Dan Vanderslice had a great game Friday night.

The senior forward for Monsignor Bonner rebounded well, coming down with five. He provided an inside attack, scoring five points. He even rejected three shots, taking away Cardinal O'Hara's game in the paint. Vanderslice made a palpable difference in the Friars' 53-42 win over the Lions.

But there's one thing he regrets about the victory in a neighborhood rivalry game.

During the waning moments of the fourth quarter, with the game's decision not in question at all, Vanderslice ran along the baseline to inbound a ball under O'Hara's basket. But prior to that, the Lions had been whistled for an offensive foul. By PIAA rule, a player can move along the baseline if a basket precedes the inbound play. If it doesn't - as is the case with a turnover, and as was the case here - he cannot.

"Dan had a great game for us," said Bonner coach Tom Meakim, laughing, "except for that one play at the end. I think we can forgive him."

Added Vanderslice: "I don't know what happened. I guess I wasn't thinking. At least it didn't affect the outcome."


He's 6-foot-9. He's the second-best power forward in the nation. He's committed to Tennessee.

That's probably all you need to know about Tobias Harris. Other than his involvement in Chester's 82-72 loss Saturday at West Virginia University. The Clippers were eaten alive by the inside game of Harris, who carried Half Hollow Hills West, of Long Island, N.Y., in the Primetime Shootout.

Harris made 12 buckets, shot 10-for-13 from the free-throw line and finished with a game-best 36 points. Needless to say, he had earned the Clippers' praise.

"He's not selfish in nature," said Chester assistant coach Terry Thomas, Delco's finest high school scorekeeper with an astute eye for talent. "He takes shots he knows he can hit and he looks for other guys on the floor."

The Clippers got 19 points and five rebounds from Maurice Nelson and 18 points and 10 boards from Erikk Wright, a sophomore who was named Chester's game MVP.

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